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Posted on: 9/5/04 8:07 PM
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I found out (the hard way) that winding nylon thread onto your plastic bobbin may make it impossible to remove the bobbin from the winder!

To prevent: wind at slow speed and/or don't fill the bobbin entirely.
To remedy: unwind the bobbin entirely and you should be able to remove it from the winder again.

Maybe everyone knows this already, but I panicked after winding the very first bobbin on my new sewing machine and finding an answer online took a surprising amount of searching.

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thaiyal said... (4/19/14 5:47 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip - Kristin and Elaine...this happened yesterday with my new bobbins for an old Viking machine and I was able to unwind and rewind slowly this time.
rose25 said... (3/11/14 2:06 AM) Reply
Never thought that would happen! WRONG. This week has been a total experience with my Innov-is 1500D. I Don't know if the machine will like nylon thread, but it's shinier!
Theresa0804 said... (7/5/08 9:18 PM) Reply
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Just got my machine and panicked when I couldn't get the bobbin off of the winder. OMGosh! I had to cut all of the threading off before I could remove the bobbin. I don't care I can afford another bobbin, the machine on the other hand cost a bit more. Thanks millions for the tip. Unfortunately, my machine only takes the plastic 15J bobbins. I'd love to be able to use a metal bobbin, prefer those. In the meantime, I will wind another bobbin with just enough thread to stitch my two seams.
Neefer said... (9/6/04 1:07 PM) Reply
I've never had my bobbin be stuck on the bobbinwinder. I think I would have freaked out. I have wound bobbin thread (light weight thread) so tightly that the plastic bobbin was crushed. My solution has been to wind this thread SLOWLY on metal bobbins. Great Tip!
Oopsy-Daisy! said... (9/6/04 12:47 PM) Reply
Yes, I've had an "exploding" bobbin, too! Scared the #$%^ out of me! Learned my lesson, don't be a leadfoot winding bobbins! :-)
Norma Hyman said... (9/6/04 9:32 AM) Reply
I've been told that winding nylon thread on a plastic bobbin too fast can make the thread/bobbin hot - I've had a bobbin "blow apart" from winding too fast. Everything went flying, and thread in a tangled mess. So I wind nylon slowly now!
Mary Stiefer said... (9/6/04 8:55 AM) Reply
This is great to know. I only have a few plastic bobbins so I will be very careful with them. I actually prefer the metal ones. Thanks again for giving us this information.
Elaine Penney said... (9/6/04 7:40 AM) Reply
I ran into this for the first time a couple of weeks ago when doing some decorative stitching. I opened a new package of plastic bobbins, and when I wound the bobbin with the thinner bobbin thread, which I usually use when doing decorative stitching, I couldn't get the bobbin off. (DH to the rescue, finally removed it.) Since it was a new bobbin, I checked the rest of the bobbins in the package. They went on and off the spool just fine, so I wound a different one. The same thing happened. I took the package of bobbins back to my dealer and told him what had happened. He gave me a new package of bobbins, and explained that winding the bobbin can actually tighten the plastic. The thinner the thread and the faster you wind, the more the plastic can tighten. Thus, the caution to wind slowly. Since this had never happened before, we speculate that the specification on this run of bobbins might have been a bit shy. Just FYI. I earmarked the bobbins in the first package to use for hand winding, such as wooy nylon.
Rebecca D said... (9/6/04 6:36 AM) Reply
I'd be curious as to the why as well. I wind my Wooly Nylon by hand on to the bobbin.
SewVeryTall said... (9/6/04 0:28 AM) Reply
I've never used nylon thread, so I'm your search, did you find out why this happens?
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